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Monday, June 18, 2018

New Oklahoma Bill: Men Must Give Permission For Abortions

Oklahoma legislators will discuss a bill on Tuesday that, if passed, would require a pregnant woman to get written permission from a man to get an abortion. The Oklahoma bill is the latest of many bizarre anti-abortion initiatives to be debated at the state level, says abortions could not be performed “without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”

February 15, 2017
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Thousands Switch Parties Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Thirteen states have closed primaries, which means that only Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and Republicans in Republican contests.

March 1, 2016

Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Case Is Part Of An Age-Old Battle In U.S.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling last week that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol prompted outrage, drew praise and posed a question: Will controversy over religious displays ever end?

July 9, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Death Penalty Drug

“The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method-of-execution claims.”

June 29, 2015

As Rain Stops In Oklahoma And Texas, Downriver States Brace For Flooding

The waters are inundating rivers across four states, bringing new flood worries for weeks ahead as the torrents barrel toward the Gulf of Mexico.

June 3, 2015
Natural Disaster, Flood, Houston, Texas, Tornado, Oklahoma, National News

Epic Texas Rainfall Floods Parts Of Houston, Austin, Dallas; Thousands Displaced

Thousands displaced, and an increased death count from the storm disasters in Texas and Oklahoma.

May 26, 2015

Experts Doubt Oklahoma Deputy’s Claim He Confused Pistol With Stun Gun

Bates has been charged with manslaughter by local prosecutors, who say his negligence led to Harris’ death. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

April 17, 2015

Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Thought He Was Using A Taser, Not A Gun

A white reserve deputy accidentally shot an unarmed black man with a gun instead of a Taser, and Oklahoma law enforcement officials berated the man as he lay dying on the ground.

April 13, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘To Catch A Prejudice’

Jon Stewart noticed that conservative media will treat news stories about racism as all being isolated incidents — and there sure do seem to be a lot of isolated incidents going on.

March 12, 2015

Cartoon: The Ex-Brothers Of SAE

The SAE boys ponder their next move.

March 11, 2015

Late Night Roundup: From Senate Diplomacy To Fraternity Racism

Jon Stewart: The GOP wasn’t warning Iran about working with Obama — they were warning about working with themselves.

March 11, 2015
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asks questions of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as they testify on U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., September 16, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

Ahead Of Highway Bill Deadline, One Republican’s Evolution On The Road To Transport Devolution

Right-wing Senator Jim Inhofe has become an unlikely ally for Democrats in the transportation debate.

March 9, 2015

Grisly Language Propels Kansas Anti-Abortion Bill As U.S. Model

Kansas Republicans have found an upsetting new way to fight abortion.

February 10, 2015

Marijuana Spurs Border War Between Colorado, Nebraska And Oklahoma

Colorado’s neighbors aren’t thrilled with its experiment with legal marijuana.

February 10, 2015

Capital Punishment In U.S. Continues Its Decline

Is the death penalty on its way out in the United States?

December 18, 2014

Texas, Oklahoma Threaten Suits To Block Obama Immigration Plan

Republicans are preparing to sue the president (again.)

November 21, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Puts Abortion Restriction On Hold

The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously voted to put a hold on a state law restricting abortions until the issue has been argued in a lower court.

November 4, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Obama Gives New Mexico To ISIS, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Phil Robertson As ISIS continues to wage a campaign of terror across the Middle East, Fox News’ Sean Hannity turned to the one man […]

September 5, 2014

States, Cities Get Creative About Recycling Water

By Jessica Moulden, WASHINGTON — Overwhelmed by severe drought, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law this year to help communities make the most of their water resources by treating and reusing wastewater. As drought spread over 80 percent of the state, Oklahoma cities expressed interest in reusing water but lacked clear guidance from the […]

July 24, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times For the second time, a federal appeals court panel in Denver has upheld same-sex marriage by striking down Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage. In the 2-1 ruling released Friday, a three-judge panel held in the Oklahoma case that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage. The ruling comes after the […]

July 18, 2014

Tragedy Explored In ‘Broken Heart Land’

His family doesn’t know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand. Maybe he was at that City Council meeting (some people swear he was) or maybe not. Either way, they figure he probably knew about the things that were said, how his neighbors in the small town of Norman, Oklahoma, paraded to the microphone […]

June 25, 2014

Georgia, Missouri Execute Convicted Killers; First Since Botched Lethal Injection

By Matt Pearce and Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times Convicted killers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday about an hour apart, marking the first executions in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma prisoner in April. Shortly before midnight in Georgia, Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by lethal injection after a […]

June 18, 2014

Private Autopsy Blames Oklahoma For Botched Execution

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A preliminary autopsy, carried out by a pathologist retained by Oklahoma death row prisoners, rejects the state’s explanation of a blown vein as the reason an inmate writhed in pain during a botched execution and puts the blame on Oklahoma officials for the problems. The autopsy of Clayton Lockett, […]

June 13, 2014

Study Of Death Penalty In U.S. Urges Overhaul

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The death penalty should be overhauled “from the moment of arrest to the moment of death,” and the lethal drug cocktail used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last week should be abolished in favor of a single drug, according to a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts. The […]

May 7, 2014

Cruel And Unusual Ways Of Execution

No species in nature kills its own kind more often or more creatively than humans do, yet we cannot seem to devise a reliably swift, painless method of capital punishment. Oklahoma’s bungled execution of Clayton Lockett is the latest death-chamber debacle. After receiving a supposedly lethal injection, the convicted murderer began writhing and mumbling, and […]

May 6, 2014